Taste of Romance on the isle of Lamu

Published: The East African Nation magazine: 13 – 19 Feb 2021 February, tis the season of love with Valentine fixed on its calendar. I’m on the isle of Lamu, stepping into Subira House, a 19th century house that belonged to the liwali (governor) of Lamu and lovingly restored by the Aarts, the Swedish-Dutch couple who […]

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The Delta Delights: Sailing downstream the Tana Delta

Published: Travel News magazine: Dec 2019-Jan 2020 It’s a moonless night. Above the Scorpion unfurls its tail across the delta’s width before the river crashes into the ocean. I’m enjoying a lone sail with the boatman along the mangrove-lined river with its dunes silhouetted against the night sky. Everything is elemental, pure and magical. As […]

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From Kalota to Kipini on Tana Delta

Above: From the arch of the mosque near Fumo Liyogo’s grave near Kipini on the tip of Tana Delta – Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday Nation magazine 16 November 2019 It’s a quiet brook at Kalota on the tip of the delta that is Kenya’s largest, the Tana. It’s here we hop on to the boat […]

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Turtles Hatching

On Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago Above: Green Turtles hatching on Manda Island – Copyright Maya Mangat “The turtles are hatching today,” announced an excited Famau Shukri of Lamu Marine Conservation Trust ( LaMCoT) over the phone. With exciting news like this first thing in the morning, l jumped out of bed and raced down […]

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On a Shopping Spree in Lamu

It’s raining in Lamu Stone Town that has continuously been lived in for seven centuries and hence boasts of being the oldest urban town in East Africa. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001, Lamu Stone Town is imbued with a richness of it past.

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A Trip to Takwa

Published 7 July 2018 Sun-burnished mangrove leaves float like skeins of gold thread on the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. We’re sailing from Lamu Stone Town on Lamu Island to Manda Island that lies across the channel. Our boatman points to the village settled by the Luo from the shores of Lake Victoria in […]

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A Trip to Takwa

Published: Saturday Magazine Nation newspaper 7 July 2018 Sun-burnished mangrove leaves float like skeins of gold thread on the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. We’re sailing from Lamu Stone Town on Lamu Island to Manda Island that lies across the channel. Our boatman points to the village settled by the Luo from the shores […]

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Shela’s Splendour

Published Saturday magazine Nation newspaper 21 October 2017 Above: Sand dunes of Shela looking across at Manda Island – Copyright Rupi Mangat Shela was Lamu’s (town) poorer cousin. Set on the same island of Lamu, l’m reading an interesting account of Shela in ‘Quest for the Past’ an historical guide to Lamu archipelago by Chrysee […]

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